Papers: We're the Kings
We're the Kings of Manchester
Wayne Rooney plans to show who the real Kings of Manchester are. Manchester United face rivals City on Sunday in a massive clash between the title chasers and the world’s richest club. Yet for all the Blue talk of global domination, Rooney believes there is a huge wake-up call waiting at Eastlands this weekend. Especially with United desperate to claim revenge after losing both derby clashes last season. Rooney, 23, said: “Sunday is a massive game. We owe the fans a derby win, even though we did win two trophies last season. “Losing both games last season was extremely disappointing. It is a massive game, especially after what has happened at City with the takeover. It will be nice to show them who the Kings of Manchester are.” Rooney is revved up for Sunday having missed both derby defeats last season through injury and suspension. He said: “That was really frustrating, having to watch when you cannot do anything. It is different to any other game. The atmosphere at City is a really good one. The players always get up for it. If we can win the game, and I am sure we can, it will be a great result for us.” Neil Custis, The Sun
Ahead of their Thursday night UEFA Cup clash with Schalke, Manchester City have left Brazilian superstar Robinho behind to ensure he will be fit for Sunday's derby.“We have to know how to deal with the opposition without him," says manager Mark Hughes.
Elsewhere in the UEFA Cup, ahead of a likely start against NEC Nijmegen, on-loan United striker Fraizer Campbell has told Tottenham that his main aim is to return to Old Trafford, saying: "I would love to be the first localborn striker to make the grade with United under Sir Alex Ferguson. I do see my long-term future there."